Why Stand in One Spot for 2 Hours Without Moving With the 300 II/2X III TC/1D X? Part V of a Series « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Why Stand in One Spot for 2 Hours Without Moving With the 300 II/2X III TC/1D X? Part V of a Series

The Streak Continues: 221

It is 7:30am here in the Edinburg (Scotland) Airport as we get ready to board our flight to Newark. Then it’s on to my Mom’s and then up to the NECC conference where both Denise and I are speaking. This post marks 221 consecutive days with a new educational blog post. With so many folks getting in the habit of using our B&H links and our Amazon logo-links why quit now? April, May and June have been fantastic as lots of folks are getting the message; using my affiliate links does not cost you a penny and helps support my efforts here. To show your appreciation, I do ask that you use our B&H and Amazon affiliate links on the right side of the blog for all of your purchases. Please check the availability of all photographic accessories in the BIRDS AS ART Online Store, especially Gitzo tripods, Wimberley tripod heads, and the like. We sell only what I have used and tested, and know that you can depend on. We will not sell you junk. We know the tools that you need to make creating great images easy and fun. And we are always glad to answer your gear questions via e-mail.

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This image was created on the same morning with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +3 stops off the light grey sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB in cloudy conditions.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF on the top of the bird’s breast was again active at the moment of exposure as it should be for all flight photography. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version.

Why Stand in One Spot for 2 Hours Without Moving With the 300 II/2X III TC/1D X?

With the slight change in wind direction the puffins were not landing right at us at point blank range as they had been doing the day before. So several of us took the short walk across the island to see how the Commom Murres were landing. Quite well, thank you. Commom Murre is called Common Guillemot in Europe. It is a delightful bird with a sweet looking face and a soft chocolate-colored hood that looks almost black on sunny days. I had been looking for a good situation for photographing them in flight, or better yet, landing towards us, so when I found just that, I stood in the same spot until ten minutes before it was time to head back to the dock for the short sail to our afternoon landing.


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This image was created on the morning of July 6 with the hand held Canon EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lens, the Canon Extender EF 2X III, and the Canon EOS-1D X. ISO 800. Evaluative metering +3 stops off the light grey sky: 1/1600 sec. at f/5.6 in Manual mode. AWB in cloudy conditions.

Central sensor/AI Servo Surround/Rear Focus AF just caught the tips of the bird’s trailing feet as originally framed and was of course active at the moment of exposure. Click here to see the latest version of the Rear Focus Tutorial. Click on the image to see a larger version. See below for the original image.

The Optimized Image

As you can see by looking at the original image below, the subject was way too far forward in the frame, practically leaving the frame rather than entering it. Se more below.


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This is a JPEG that represents the original unsharpened image as it came out of camera. The optimized image is just above. I used techniques from APTATS II to move the bird back in the frame.

Pan Faster!

My panning rate was slower than the speed of the bird in flight. As noted above, this left the bird too far forward in the frame. I used techniques from APTATS II to move the bird back and down a bit in the frame.

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1 comment to Why Stand in One Spot for 2 Hours Without Moving With the 300 II/2X III TC/1D X? Part V of a Series

  • avatar Gary Axten

    I’m torn, the face is better in the second pic but the first is overall more pleasing, especially the spread of wings.